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"Rhinestone Cowboy" wife brings message of hope to Cedar Valley

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On Tuesday, hundreds in the Cedar Valley learned more about coping with Alzheimer's as they watched a free screening of the Glen Campbell documentary, "I'll Be Me."

Glen Campbell is an American Country Music icon, guitarist, and songwriter.

He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2011, and had his farewell tour in 2012.

He's now in his 6th stage of the disease.

His wife of 33 years, Kim Campbell, joined hundreds at the Gallagher Bluedorn theater in Cedar Falls to discuss his documentary and living with Alzheimer's.

Before the showing, attendees had a chance to tour an expo.

At the expo was a "wall of memories" where people could sign the name of those they love dealing with the disease.

"My dad started getting dementia probably around 2008," said Lisa Marie Niedert, her dad's caretaker.

"My husband started in his late 60's and I had him home seven or eight years before I had to put him in a nursing home," said Verla Ubbin, a caretaker for her husband before he passed.

The wall of memories bears more than just memories, it bears struggles.

"My mom is getting burned out as a caretaker," said Niedert. "I mean it's just a 24 hour event."

"I wouldn't wish him back the way he was because he's in a much better place now," said Ubbin.

Some say faith keeps them going, others say it's love.

If those signing the wall of memories could take solace in anything, it's they're not alone in the battle against Alzheimer's.

Country singer Glen Campbell joins the list of five million Americans affected by the disease.

His story is now being brought to Iowa through his documentary.

His wife, Kim Campbell, joined the hundreds of those signing the wall of memories to bring the message of hope.

"Everywhere we go people who see our film think we're telling their story too," said Campbell.

Alzheimer's does not discriminate, but caretakers -- famous or not -- agree, the disease doesn't change their mission.

"He's my husband, he's the love of my life and I'll love him no matter what," said Campbell.

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